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English

School of Arts & Humanities


Critical Thinking, Professional Skills, Empathy

Why English?

The English major isn’t just for those who love reading or those who want to teach English. The English major, at its core, is about critical thinking, strong communication, research and writing skills, and empathy, traits which are always in high demand.  Our majors go on to law school, to publishing houses, medical school, ministry, doctoral training, teaching, and much more.  Our majors have secured spots in top graduate schools such as the University of Chicago, Yale, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, and George Mason University.  An English major can help you stand out in a sea of qualified candidates.

FORBES ON ENGLISH MAJORS »      ECONOMISTS LAUD THE ENGLISH MAJOR »

Milligan English Faculty

Dr. Blouin, Dr. Walker Edin, and Dr. Hoover bring enthusiasm and expertise to the classroom, but they also bring warmth and genuine concern for their students.  This spring, Dr. Walker Edin will present at the national MLA conference, Dr. Blouin celebrates the publication of his next book, and Dr. Hoover’s poetry will appear in a new journal. Learn more about our faculty »

Milligan English Major News

Check out some of the great things happening in the English area.

Megan N. Fontenot (’16)

Megan N. Fontenot graduated with an English major in 2016 and completed her M.A. in Literature at Michigan State in May 2019.  She is beginning a Ph.D. this fall and has recently published some great work on Middle Earth.  Check it out below.

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New English Internships Available

We are excited to announce some new internship possibilities, beginning with an editorial position for The Phoenix, Milligan’s literary magazine.

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English Council Launches in 2020

We are excited to launch our new English Council in 2020.  All English majors are invited to participate, and majors who maintain a 3.75 gpa are invited to leadership positions.  The EC will mentor incoming freshman majors, help plan social and professional English events on campus, and provide insight to faculty about English curriculum.  More information coming soon!

ENGLISH COUNCIL »

Our Graduates

Graduates of Milligan’s English program go on to teach in public and private schools and colleges (with additional study), to do graduate work in English and related fields, to study law, to work as journalists, editors, and public relations officers, to study library science/information technology, to study theology, and to work in marketing, customer assistance, and other aspects of the business world.

The Curriculum

Milligan’s English major prepares students for graduate work in English and related fields, to study law, to work as journalists, editors, and public relations officers, to study library science/information technology, to study theology, and to work in marketing, customer assistance, and other aspects of the business world. Many English majors also train to become English teachers in secondary or post-secondary careers. The English major is available as a B.A. or minor. An emphasis is available in writing.

As an English major at Milligan, you’ll learn to:

  • read literature with appreciation, understanding, and a developing critical sophistication
  • write clear and effective literary criticism and analysis
  • acquire a knowledge base to pursue additional education or to obtain gainful employment

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

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What can I do with a degree in English?

Download a list of potential careers in English.

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Faculty

Dr. Michael Blouin

Michael Blouin

Associate Professor of English and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8768
Contact via email
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 117

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Dr. Heather Hoover

Heather Hoover

George and Janet Arnold Chair of Humanities; Professor of English and Composition; Director of Writing; Director of the MAH Program

Phone: 423.461.8944
Contact via email
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 113

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Dr. Kayla Walker Edin

Kayla Walker Edin

Associate Professor of English and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8743
Contact via email
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 119

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